Man Utd talks to sign Fernandes collapse over ‘shocking’ reason

Joe Williams

Talks between Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon over a possible deal for Bruno Fernandes have collapsed, according to reports.

Fernandes has emerged as United’s primary winter target as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks mid-season reinforcements to strengthen his bid to qualify for the Champions League.

But United have been left ‘baffled’ by Sporting’s reported decision to raise Fernandes’ value slightly during negotiations.

Man Utd, unwilling to go much higher than the £38m Tottenham apparently bid in the summer, are certainly ‘reluctant’ to increase their offer to Sporting’s demands.

And now Portuguese channel TVI24 (via Sport Witness) on their ‘Mais Transferências’ show had the latest updates on the Fernandes transfer saga.

TVI24 claim that negotiations between Sporting and Man Utd have collapsed for now with it coming as a huge surprise that Fernandes would be playing against Braga on Tuesday.

The report adds that Man Utd haven’t put their money where their mouth is, with claims Man Utd told Sporting they could offer over €50m for Fernandes, but didn’t.

There is still a possibility that talks could resume between the two clubs before the end of the window but the Portuguese giants are holding firm over their €65m demands.

Journalist Rui Pedro Braz, who was appearing on the show, said the details of why the deal has collapsed will be ‘shocking’ to some.

He added that supporters should be ‘surprised and disappointed’ when they find out the real reasons for the breakdown in negotiations, with Fernandes not to blame.

Braz wouldn’t go into the details with the host after being pushed to reveal more.